Crete in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.
  • Make bookings for accommodation and travel, especially in high season.
  • Check airline baggage restrictions, especially for regional flights.
  • Inform your credit card company of your travel plans.
  • Organise travel insurance.
  • Check if you’ll be able to use your mobile (cell) phone.

What to Take

  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Waterproof money belt
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Driving licence/international driving licence
  • Diving qualifications
  • Spare phone for local SIM
  • Mainland European power adapter
  • Lock/padlock
  • Seasickness remedies
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Lightweight raincoat
  • Swimwear, snorkel and fins
  • Earplugs
  • A hollow leg – for all that raki

What to Wear

Crete is casual. Locals wear simple but respectfully covered-up clothes. In summer, the heat will make you want to run naked; instead bring quick-drying tops and cool dresses. Bars or fashionable restaurants require more effort – the scene is stylish rather than dressy. Think tops and trousers rather than T-shirts and cut-offs. Don’t wear swimsuits into shops and tavernas without a cover-up. Cretans also take their churches seriously: don’t go inside wearing hats, tank tops, short shorts or miniskirts. Sturdy walking shoes are a must for treks and ruins. Cretans will not go nude on beaches; you’ll see some Europeans do it, but it pays to be respectful of locals and therefore discreet.


Visit Greece ( Greece’s official tourism portal.

Cretan Beaches ( Excellent site about beaches and more.

Explore Crete ( Good general travel site.

Interkriti ( Comprehensive guide to the island.

Crete Region ( Official government site.

Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • If at all possible, visit in the shoulder seasons – mid-May to June and September and October. The weather is softer and the crowds are slim.
  • Be sure to visit a few out-of-the-way villages, where you can still find full-on, unselfconscious traditional culture. The best way to do this is to rent a car and explore. Stop for lunch, check out the local shops and test out your Greek.
  • Visit at least one local kafeneio (coffee house), one seafood taverna on the waterfront, and one traditional live-music venue. This is where you’ll experience Cretan culture at its most vibrant.
  • Slow down and explore Crete on foot. In all regions, you'll find wonderful and often deserted trails along the coast, in the mountains and cutting through stunning gorges.